Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Session 2005-06

15 November 2005


New inquiry:

Protecting, preserving and making accessible our nation’s heritage

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is announcing today a new inquiry into the heritage sector.

The Committee is particularly interested in receiving evidence on the following issues:

· What the Department for Culture, Media and Sport should identify as priorities in the forthcoming Heritage White Paper;

· The remit and effectiveness of DCMS, English Heritage and other relevant organisations in representing heritage interests inside and outside Government;

· The balance between heritage and development needs in planning policy;

· Access to heritage and the position of heritage as a cultural asset in the community;

· Funding, with particular reference to the adequacy of the budget for English Heritage and for museums and galleries, the impact of the London 2012 Olympics on Lottery funding for heritage projects, and forthcoming decisions on the sharing of funds from Lottery sources between good causes;

· What the roles and responsibilities should be for English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, local authorities, museums and galleries, charitable and other non-Governmental organisations in maintaining the nation’s heritage; and

· Whether there is an adequate supply of professionals with conservation skills; the priority placed by planning authorities on conservation; and means of making conservation expertise more accessible to planning officers, councillors and the general public.

Written submissions are invited from any interested organisation or individual by Thursday 19 January 2006.

Submissions should give the name and postal address of the person sending the memorandum and should state whether it has been prepared specifically for the Committee. If the memorandum is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation. The Committee may publish some of the submissions it receives.  For more guidance on the preferred format, see http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.

Submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee at
7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. It is expected that oral evidence sessions will be held during February and March.